Artists get ‘Krafty’ with open studio

Shedding Talent: Barrie Seddon and Chris Woodthorpe show some of the work to be displayed at Riverview Krafty Art
Shedding Talent: Barrie Seddon and Chris Woodthorpe show some of the work to be displayed at Riverview Krafty Art

A GROUP of local artists have come together to open a temporary art gallery in Ellon - and are making use of some quite unusual spaces in order to do so.

The artists behind ‘Riverview Krafty Art’ will be taking part in the North East Open Studios (NEOS) events, which are set to run across the region from 10 September through to the 18 of the month. However, rather than displaying their work in the more traditional art gallery environment, the artists are making use of space in a sunlounge and garden sheds at a house in Ellon’s Castle Road.

Barrie Seddon, the group’s founder member, explained his vision for the exhibition, along with what visitors could expect to see.

“I wanted to cover a wide selection of art and craft in the gallery and the artists concerned do this”, he said.

“We have Maureen Singer who specialises in fashion jewellery, Mabel McKechnie with embroidery, Christine (Chris) Woodthorpe doing photography and Charles Robertson with stained/fused glass. All of us also do painting.

“We have lots to show the people of Ellon and the North East of Scotland and there should be something to see and maybe buy for everyone who visits.

“This event is new to us but Hilary Gauchi of Ellon & District Art Group was tremendously helpful in guiding and advising me through the joining stages. With Hilary’s help we managed to get through the registration process successfully and I must thank her for this.”

Charles Robertson, one of the participating artists, is enthusiastic about the group’s unusual venue.

“The studios are set in the back garden so people not only can enjoy the exhibits but also relax in what I know as a very colourful and interesting wildlife garden”, he said.

Based at 36 Castle Road, Riverview Krafty Art is just one of nearly 300 different venues will open their doors to display art throughout the Aberdeenshire area.

The various studio opening times can be found in the NEOS “Open Studios” catalogue, which is widely available around Ellon, including from the library. The catalogue can also be viewed online at www.northeastopenstudios.co.uk.